Our history and mission

- Emmanuel FABER - Chairman and CEO of Danone

The Danone Ecosystem Fund  co-creates inclusive business solutions that answer local challenges through the professional empowerment of vulnerable stakeholders in Danone’s value chain. It builds on and furthers Danone’s “dual social and economic project” initiated by Antoine Riboud in 1972. It fuels the company’s ambition, articulated by Emmanuel Faber in 2017, to nourish and protect “One Planet. One Health.”

“It’s in a company’s best interests to take good care of its economic and social environment, meaning its suppliers, its employees, its customers or the places where it operates. That’s what I call its ecosystem.”

- Franck RIBOUD - Honorary chairman of Danone

The Fund was established in 2009, when the financial crisis hit the global economy and impacted unemployment rates worldwide. Danone’s CEO at the time, Franck Riboud, announced that it was time for Danone to make a major investment in its local ‘ecosystems.’ 

In response, the Danone shareholders agreed to invest € 100 million of the company’s 2009 benefits into the newly created Danone Ecosystem Fund.

The Fund supports projects that are co-designed by a local Danone subsidiary and a non-for-profit partner. Together, they bring to life innovative business models to address social challenges, but also environmental and public health issues. Indeed, the projects demonstrate the deep inter-dependency between these areas.

The Ecosystem Fund has brought together over 55,000 people to date from all types of geographical and socio-economic backgrounds to try and build a more just and inclusive economy, from the ground up. We believe it is a testament to the power of co-creation, and an example of how companies, non-profits and civil society can work together for good.

In a Tribune to Le Monde entitled “What is the role of Business?”  Franck Riboud explains his wish to create a 100 million euros fund to strengthen Danone’s ecosystem in a period of crisis. You can read the tribune in it’s original verion in FR or in EN.

This website was designed to acknowledge and showcase the work of our project managers, our partners, our general managers, our CEOs, and of course, our beneficiaries with and for whom these projects were built.